LAUNCH.ed sponsored Enactus Edinburgh, made it through qualifying rounds and semi-finals to make it the final round at the Enactus UK National Competition this week. The University of Edinburgh student community made it to the top five against 39 teams associated with other UK universities.
Students, academics and business leaders from across the UK gathered at the Enactus National Expo at the Excel in London to showcase how entrepreneurial action and shared innovation is transforming lives and creating a better future.
The Edinburgh team gave an outstanding pitch, showcasing their community powered projects including fog catching systems in Morocco, soup making with the homeless in Edinburgh and empowering women through the Edinburgh Candle Company. There was fantastic feedback from audience members via social media.
Enactus Edinburgh won third place and several other prizes! Winning one, of only three, prizes of £5,000 by The Ford Innovation Challenge for the Slurp Soup project. This Edinburgh based project works to provide funding and/or qualifications for the homeless or at risk.
They also won second place for the Wilko Sustainable Entrepreneur Award for the Candle Company and third place in the KPMG Alleviating Homelessness category.
The 63 members of Enactus Edinburgh come from a wide range of schools across the University and spend their year turning ideas into action. They work to improve the livelihood of others both locally and internationally.
Arvin Amiry, 4th year Business Management, is the outgoing President and Ines El-Saui, 3rd year Social Anthropology, headed up the six person presentation team, is the incoming President.
With many of this year’s tem returning next year we look forward to seeing the impact they have.
Find out more about Enactus: www.enactusedinburgh.com